Here we go again, folks. It’s the same song with a different chorus for the Fighting Irish football team. Rather this time, there was something the Irish managed to do (besides lose a big game) to gain national attention, and it came at the hands of a disgruntled Coach Kelly after he argued with a reporter. Here’s the exchange that followed:
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) September 10, 2017
Reporter: “Obviously you made a ton of changes, changed the culture… Everything. But obviously, you lost and at the very end, kind of like last year, seven of eight losses, how do you…”
Kelly: “What’s the question?”
Reporter: “I’m getting to it.”
Kelly: “Well, get to the question.”
Reporter: “How do you keep this from snowballing?”
Kelly: “It’s not going to snowball. Next question.”
Reporter: “Well, what exactly will be different, I guess?”
Kelly: “There’s nothing different. I go to work every day, and I coach my football team.”
Kelly: “Is that — is that good enough for you?”
Reporter: “Yeah, I was just asking about how it was different from last year’s losing by one possession.”
Reporter: “Tonight was also like that, so I was just wondering.”
Kelly: “Losing by one possession?”
Kelly: “No, it was one point.” *Coach Kelly exits*
Now, obviously this confrontation comes following another loss not only at home, but also to a ranked Georgia team that was starting a true Freshman at QB (following a week 1 injury to QB Jacob Eason). Coach Kelly asks a very important question during the intense back and forth, and I’m not sure he even realized it.
“Is that – is that good enough for you?”
So, to answer his question, I’ll use the stats straight from the team site.
- QB Brandon Wimbush completed 50% of his passes for 210 yards, 0 INT’s, 0 Passing TD’s (1 rushing TD)
- ALL rushers combined totaled 89 yards and 1 TD (Wimbush).
- Josh Adams led all receivers with 60 yards and no TD’s
In totality, on a night where scoring was minimal, these are the statistics we are given as a fan base. Notre Dame was AT HOME, coming off a win, healthy, and a 4.5 point favorite (according to espn.com). I will tell you with 100% confidence, NO, Coach Kelly, that result is NOT good enough for me.